Emerald ash borer has been confirmed at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports state agriculture officials found emerald ash borer in a baited trap at the park’s Lakeside Campground. Mahoney is located just off I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha.
Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle native to Asia which kills ash trees when its larvae feed on the inner bark.
The ash borer has spread to 33 states and Canada since first discovered in the United States in 2002. Game and Parks says the discovery in Mahoney is the fourth confirmed in eastern Nebraska since in 2016.
Game and Parks has a voluntary firewood restriction in place at all Nebraska state parks. Nonresident visitors are asked not to bring firewood from other locations into state parks. A free firewood exchange is offered at 10 major Nebraska parks and recreation areas. Visitors are requested to only bring firewood taken within a 50-mile radius of the park.
Game and Parks staff will treat select ash trees at Mahoney State Park. Officials don’t believe they have to begin any extensive tree removal at the park, but any trees deemed hazardous will be removed.